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Word In Your Shell Like [Hardcover]

Nigel Rees


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Book Description

Sept. 6 2004 000715593X 978-0007155934

A complete guide to phrases in everyday life.

A Word in your Shell-Like will be the ideal replacement or complement to that tatty old copy of Brewer's most of us have about the house: a modern, entertaining guide to the wonderful world of phrases, familiar and unfamiliar, a landmark publication by one of the key world authorities in English language reference. It is an entirely phrase-based book, exploring well-known phrases – catchphrases, slogans, idioms, cliches, nicknames, titles of books and films, and quotations. The articles will contain discussion of meaning, origin and usage.

Sample entries include:
'but, miss – you're beautiful without your glasses'
'I must go down to the seas again'
'small, but perfectly formed'
'sold down the river’
‘abhors a vacuum’
‘all dressed up and nowhere to go’
‘another meal the Germans won’t have’
‘What did you do in the Great War, Daddy?’
Few other word reference books are likely to increase your store of knowledge with such fun: find out of whom it was said: ’he couldn’t chew gum and fart at the same time’, who the ‘catcher in the rye’ was, and what it means to be ‘caught between wind and water’.
in your shell?like (ear). Phrase used when asking to have a 'quiet word' with someone: '(Let me have a word) in your ear' is all it means, but it makes gentle fun of a poetic simile. Thomas Hood's Bianca's Dream (1827) has: 'Her small and shell-like ear'. The Complete Naff Guide (1983) has 'a word in your shell-like ear' among 'naff things schoolmasters say'.

• over 6000 phrases explained.
• An essential companion for all lovers of the English language; a landmark reference guide to English phrases.
• Written by Nigel Rees, a world-renowned expert on colloquial English and author of over 50 reference books.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (Sept. 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000715593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007155934
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 6.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,781,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

‘Nigel Rees should put a 'feather in his cap' for compiling this entertaining guide. It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who likes to dabble in our language's rich heritage – “just what the doctor ordered”!’
Best of British

‘A treasury of stimulating excursions and digressions’ Guardian

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nigel Rees is regarded as one of the world authorities on English usage and is the author of over 50 rereference books. His Radio 4 show, Quote…Unquote is one of the longest running quiz shows in the world (since 1974) and his newsletter has a wide and influential circulation.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I espected Aug. 25 2013
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When buying this book I thought I was going to get phrases that are used in the United States. Instead what this book is about is common phrases from the England.

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